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Welcome to the OSU Leadership Center 


The OSU Leadership Center is led by a group of professionals dedicated to providing leadership-centered education and research to individuals, organizations and communities. We provide high-quality, practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities. 

Created in 1990, the center is located on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University and is a part of the Departments of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership and OSU Extension. Our mission is to provide research-based resources and high quality practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities that make a positive difference in the lives of Ohio's citizens.


     This year, we are celebrating 32 years of hands-on workshops and strength-based training activities to both organizations and individuals.

     “Our workshops are accessible, affordable and applicable. Our participants leave with new ideas and tools that they can apply immediately,” said Beth Flynn. 

    Instructor Tom Stewart said, “I think these workshops are important because it helps people transform their lives. Nothing is more important than being able to really improve someone’s life and in many cases the Leadership Center does just that!”

     Communication and conflict management, strength-based training, leadership development and team building are just some of the courses offered by the center. 

     Stewart added, “I think the future is unlimited for the Ohio State Leadership Center. I actually think we are just scratching the surface right now. There is great potential for this program to expand.”

To find additional information about the Ohio State Leadership Center, visit our website, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow our social media accounts. 


2020-2021 Annual Report

Quotes of the Day

Leadership should be born, out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.

- Marian Anderson -

Good leadership is motivating & mobilizing others to accomplish a task or to think in ways that are for the benefit of all concerned.

- Don Paige -

To lead the people, walk behind them.

- Donald McGannon -

You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.

- Harry Firestone -

If you have the gifts to be a leader, for God's sake LEAD!

- Bill Hybels -

         

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Testimonials

As an HR Manager of a large automotive company, I frequently forward the OSU Leadership tips onto our supervisory staff.  Although a lot of times the content may seem basic or common sense like, it is good for...

Kim Schumm, HR Manager, Alex Products Inc.

Beth Flynn came out to the Newark campus to do a Civility workshop. It was very helpful and because of that I learned about Leadership Moments and signed up for them. I usually find something useful in each segment....

Terri Jackson, OSU Chemistry Lab Supervisor

Beth Flynn’s Leadership Moments provide very helpful leadership insights.  They are short, so I read them even when I am busy, and they reference a quality leadership resource so I can delve further into the...

Cathie Leimbach, Agon Leadership

I would like to continue receiving leadership moments as there are many helpful reminders and in some cases, new concepts within them that I can share with my leadership peers.  We incorporate what we find useful....

Renee Kimbell, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor

Life is busy.  The Leadership Moments are a refreshing breath of air.  The articles are brief, insightful and give us new ideas and suggestions of looking to strengthen our leadership skills.  Thank you...

Karen Dickrell

         

Our Blog

By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, March 02nd, 2021
  1. “Provides frequent feedback. Employees (especially younger ones) live in a world where most feedback is instantaneous. They expect it and will wilt and underperform without it.
  2. Generates opportunities for reality advice. We all have blind spots – weaknesses that we don’t see in ourselves – and reality advice helps your employees to grow in self-awareness.
  3. Offers encouragement. Strong leaders often forget to praise and encourage those who report to them. Coach and connect provides an opportunity to encourage your team.
By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

“Paradoxically, in our age of constant communication, the raw material of conversation has actually disappeared: listening. Genuine, real listening is a rare commodity and a great gift, because you are giving to the person you are listening to your most valuable asset: your attention.

Here are a few suggestions of how to do it right, based on the communication technique ‘active listening’ devised by Carl Rogers and Richard Farson in 1957.

“We talk about the heart every day. It’s part of our natural vocabulary. For thousands of years, we have spoken of it as more than just a pump. But have you ever really thought about what it means? When we say somebody spoke from the heart, it means they spoke with meaning, insight, and sincerity. Or that the deeper reality of each of us is reflected when we’re following our heart.